By Bill Copeland on March 22, 2017
Hello gentle readers,
My associates in the New England music scene have just sent me the following information about upcoming shows and CD and EP releases. I hope you will all check out these artists and consider taking in one of their shows and or purchasing their recorded materials. I also hope you have as much reading through this as I had compiling it.
By Bill Copeland on March 20, 2017
Irish Music Night was a success on many levels. First, this latest offering from OnStage! Concert Series at the Chevalier Theatre in Medford, Massachusetts was sold out. Second, each of the three acts were very strong. Finally, the variety of Irish and Celtic music offered was richly rangy. As usual, this kind of music, when played by the right musicians, can stir something deep inside of a listener.
By Bill Copeland on March 16, 2017
Laura Cortese has released this eighth album All In Always to showcase more of her highly skilled, multi-texture fiddle playing and composition finesse. Through it all, Cortese makes full use of color and tone, lightness and darkness, and many other nuances aside from her thrilling techniques. Billing herself as Laura Cortese & Friends was a wise choice for this recording, as her friends, coming from different nations, all lend a hand in keeping things interesting. Instruments and guest musicians on this recording include Bouzouki e flute – Xose Liz; Zanfona – Anxo Pintos; Voice e Pandeira – Chisco Feijoo; Cello – Jonas Bleckman; Guitar – Adam Johansson; Tambourine – Jens Linell; Guitar, Melodeon et Jaw Harp – Yann Falquet; Melodeon, Chromatic Harp, Podorythmie – Pierre-Luc Dupuis; and Gigue – Dominic Desrochers
By Bill Copeland on March 8, 2017
Laura Cortese has been on the traditional music scene in Boston, around the country, and in other countries for over a decade now. Presenting exciting concert performances and collaborating with other string players, Cortese makes her fiddle as cool as a rock and roll lead guitar. She’s one of three acts scheduled to play in an Irish Music Night, and she discussed that as well.
By Bill Copeland on March 4, 2017
Matt and Shannon Heaton, Laura Cortese, Fodhla, Chevalier Theatre, Medford Massachusetts
By Bill Copeland on March 2, 2017
New England’s queen of neo soul Gretchen Klempa took time out of a busy musician’s schedule to update us on the state of her band Gretchen And The Pickpockets. The group has temporarily reduced their three gigs a week schedule down to three gigs a month so they can invest time in getting their next album together.
By Bill Copeland on February 27, 2017
The Jennifer Tefft Band’s latest album Cutting For Stone makes the most of the band’s usual trademark qualities. Tefft’s plaintive, high strung, rangy voice, fierce, lean guitar lines, and a very tight, propulsive rhythm section are all here. This time, the Tefft and company take things to a higher level. There is a grandness of purpose going on in this album that makes one feel something special is going to happen with this band in 2017.
By Bill Copeland on February 22, 2017
The Oracle is a four piece progressive funk-rock instrumental band in which three out of four members are gear heads with endorsements from manufacturers of fine musical instruments. So, we know before we listen to their #SUF album that they will be playing some cool, intricate music with an emphasis on quality sound. This nine […]
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By Bill Copeland on February 21, 2017
Shun Ng And The Shunettes can make it look easy to put on an impressive show of acoustic guitar virtuosity and complex vocal arrangements. Performing in the Onstage series at the Chevalier Theatre in Medford, Massachusetts last Saturday night, Ng and his Shunettes received a few standing ovations before keeping their audience in a further […]
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By Bill Copeland on February 12, 2017
Frank Viele’s latest CD Fall Your Way is loaded with hard charging, rootsie rock and roll. Few can belt a rocker like Viele can and few can match his pure emotional honesty heard in his mellower tunes. This Connecticut icon will surely go far with this Vic Steffens produced album. Opening track “Broken Love Song” […]
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